The Choice to Look Up and See the World

How many people do you encounter each day with their necks bent, heads down, engrossed in their cell phone? Lots of people, right? In fact, most people. And you and I are probably part of that crowd. But is this constant practice actually helping us or hurting us?

Physically, our cell phone usage is causing an emerging condition referred to as “text neck.” Not only are we becoming more stooped over, but doctors around the country are reporting an increasing number of neck and back pain conditions caused by frequent cell phone usage.

More and more accidents are caused by cell phone distractions. The National Safety Council's annual report "Injury Facts" explained that phone usage was involved in 26% of the nation's car accidents in 2014…wow, that’s a lot!

Worst yet, many people are letting their phones become a “personal brain washing tool.” If you read it on the Internet, it has to be true…right? They limit or self-define the information they receive each day by only visiting their favorite sites…little new information gets in. That’s one reason why so many young people don’t have a clue about what is really going on in the world today.

Well, we have a suggestion for all of us…put those cell phones down, and “look up” to see what’s really going on. Read the paper…daily papers are a terrific way to obtain a cross section of information…business, sports, world news and local community activities...updates that will help you become a more informed and more interesting person. Watch both local and national news on TV…see what’s going on in the world. And, by all means…talk to people, not with your phone in your hand, but in your pocket…you can learn so much from simple conversation.

Technology is great…but, if you are not careful, the choice to use it SO MUCH can turn you into a person that you were never intended to be.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley